The 21-year-old won his sixth cap in Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland, being introduced as a half-time substitute for Glen Johnson at right-back.
It once again highlighted Jones' versatility and means that he has still featured only once for his country in the central defensive role most observers, including Hodgson and Sir Alex Ferguson, feel he is most suited to.
Yet, just getting Jones into the action was a positive given his last appearance came in the pre-Euro 2012 friendly in Norway.
And as he ponders his options ahead of Sunday's encounter with Brazil in the famous Maracana Stadium, Hodgson has no fears about installing the Manchester United man in a flank position again.
"I wanted to see him play," said Hodgson.
"We brought Phil into the squad as one of the centre-halves but Kyle Walker had to leave us through injury.
"Rather than keep Phil on the bench, I wanted to see him playing for 45 minutes in an England shirt and he did quite well."
Increasingly in recent years, a requirement to play in a variety of roles has been a massive advantage, despite the increased size of squads at the highest level.
Jones fits the bill perfectly, which certainly in terms of a tournament, makes him an invaluable man to have around.
"Sir Alex Ferguson proved it time and time again that Phil can play in several positions," said Hodgson.
"He's played right-back, centre-back and even central midfield and done very well.
"He hasn't played many games for me but against the Irish he gave a good performance, both going forward and defensively.
"That is a huge plus for him and it is nice for me to know I have a good player up my sleeve."